Porcelain Veneers (veneers) are thin pieces of porcelain shells attached to the front surface of the teeth to hide dental flaws. They are bonded onto the front of the teeth and secured with dental cement. Porcelain Veneers can be made to match the color of your natural teeth or can be shaded to give you a whiter smile you have always wanted!
What Can Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers have versatile applications in dentistry. They can be used to change the appearance of teeth by, for example, correcting minor misalignment, closing gaps, or correcting minor damages to teeth. The other applications of dental veneers in dentistry are as follows:
- Fix teeth discoloration due to root canal treatment, stains from various medications and drugs, excessive fluoride, or large resin fillings
- Address worn-down teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Correct misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Fix teeth with gaps between them
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- They can cover several dental flaws
- They are stain-resistant.
- They don't change color over time.
- Veneers are custom-made and are indistinguishable from natural teeth when worn.
- Veneers need only a little enamel removal.
- Dental veneers do not require any special maintenance.
The Procedure of Placing Porcelain Veneers
The first step in the procedure is a thorough dental exam. X-rays will be taken, and the dentist will inquire about the patient's overall health. The dentist will also check for any gum disease or tooth decay. If the patient has tooth decay, it will need to be treated before porcelain veneers can be placed. Once the patient's dental health is good, the dentist will clean the teeth. Then, the dentist will make an impression of the patient's teeth which will be sent to a dental lab to create custom-made porcelain veneers. Veneers typically process in three to ten days. Once the veneers are finished, the patient returns for the next appointment.
During the appointment to bond the veneer to the tooth, the dentist Albuquerque, NM starts by preparing the tooth to receive the veneer. The dentist will clean, polish, and etch the tooth. Etching is done to roughen the tooth for a strong bonding process. Then, the dentist applies dental cement to the veneer and then places the veneer on the patient's tooth. Once it is appropriately positioned, the dentist will shine a special light beam on it to harden it fast.
To learn more about our dental procedures, call us at 505-797-1000 or visit our dental office located at 5900 Cubero Drive NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109.